Marc Adrian

1930 Vienna - 2008 Vienna

The Viennese artist Marc Adrian (1930-2008) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts under Fritz Wotruba, as well as at the Accademia Brera in Milan and the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris; he also studied perceptual psychology at the University of Vienna starting from 1965. In 1967 Marc Adrian began to experiment increasingly with optical and linguistic dispersions. He received several teaching assignments - for example, he was a professor of painting and aesthetic theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. The artist's interest in human perceptual processes and the dynamic processes between seeing and thinking provided the impetus for his reverse glass montages, which he started working on in the 1950s. Influenced by his teacher, Fritz Wotruba, Marc Adrian devoted himself to movement in art. His work on structural film can be traced back to his studies in the psychology of perception. These early works, initially made together with Ferry Radax, are considered pioneering achievements of Austrian abstract film. The new visual medium of the computer also played a major role in the artist's oeuvre. He used the computer's operating system to randomly generate typefaces in order to create image compositions. What particularly distinguished Adrian was the always socio-critical interpretation of artistic media, which were questioned in their relation to each other through the use of media-mediated images.


Otto Mörth, Marc Adrian. Das filmische Werk, Vienna 1999; exhib.-cat. Marc Adrian, Neue Galerie Graz, Klagenfurt 2007; Agnes Husslein-Arco, Cornelia Cabuk, Harald Krejc (ed.), Marc Adrian – Film, Kunst, Medien, monograph and catalogue raisonné, Klagenfurt 2016